It’s Extortion Stupid

It’s Extortion Stupid
By
Sarge

A lot of people are getting their bedclothes in a knot because of criticism concerning governmental
“negotiations” with terrorists. America, under our fearless leader Beaurat Obama and his stooge John “I’m a war hero” Kerry, gave five high-ranking Al-Qaeda operatives to get a misguided/captured/deserted little fella described as seriously ill and in danger of getting worse if he was returned immediately to the loving care of his mommy and daddy.

This act of “negotiation” on the part of the Obama ad-menstruation seeking to appear forceful and commanding when making nothing but a mess of American foreign policy seems to have back-fired at the point of initiation. But, there may be a point of absolution for Obama if the mainstream media (aka MSM) have anything to say about it by NOT saying anything about it anymore. In other words the MSM has stopped broadcasting how Obama and Kerry saved Bergdahl’s life because so many people were infuriated by the obviously unbalanced trade: Al Qaeda 5 – United States nothing but a deserter waiting to be indicted after investigation by Army REMFs (Rear Echelon Mutha F$%^&ers) more interested in their next promotion than they are in anything else. Politics does hold sway at the highest levels. Just look at General Dempsey.

Now people are debating whether we should negotiate with terrorists when they threaten to decapitate innocent journalists and citizens of their own countries unless their demands are met. This is NOT negotiation and should be dealt with at the same level the terrorists practice it. You capture the terrorist, you give him a fair trial and then you bathe his sand dusted, sweaty little butt in pork gravy and send him to Allah with a pork chop hanging around his neck so Allah knows for sure what it is.

That would show the terrorists we too know how to “negotiate” as they do. Do you still get the virgins if you’re unclean? Would they even want you with a Boston Butt in place of yours as you try to enter paradise? I don’t think so.

What these clots are demanding has nothing to do with “negotiation”. It’s “extortion”; the clear and present demand and practice of trying to get something through force, threats or blackmail. In other words: “you don’t gimme what I want, I give him back in pieces”.

“Hey! Obama! Kerry! Do you call this negotiation you morons?”

The dice have been cast and they keep coming up snake eyes because Obama has all of the Foreign policy leadership chops as a two-legged kitten. It’s weak and can’t stand well on its own. Add to this equation a totally narcissistic grand-stander like Kerry (or should we call you Mr. Heinz?) who has a history of delivering aid and comfort to America’s enemies since the late sixties and early seventies.

Since 9/11 we’ve been waging a war against a guerrilla army. It started when Osama bin Laden convinced a bunch of intelligence deficient wannabees to fly jets into the World Trade Center. It was shortly after that a REAL President stood on the rubble and said we’d have justice. He initiated a strategy and a battle plan that let the world know we don’t negotiate with terrorists.

Period!

Then along comes this guy, after the heavy-lifting’s been done, issuing conflicting statements and throwing his pen and phone around like he knows what America’s really about and we get headless journalists sent home in body bags. That’s some kind of leadership to have a man without a set of testes stand before the world and say flat out “we don’t have a strategy” and expects the world to care what he says after that statement.

No wonder that KGB refugee Putin feels he can “extort” compliance from Obama with the threat of nuclear weapons. To this I say: “I know Obama’s been hiding the nuclear “Go” keys could answer your threat in kind. Just remember that jackal won’t always be there and there are a lot more Pithed Off (sic) old vets waiting to greet you when you try to come ashore.”

We’ll gladly negotiate your placement next to Lenin in that glass sarcophagus.

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Government Housing

Government housing
By
Sarge

In 1969 I enlisted in the United States Navy. Almost immediately after graduating from high school I traveled to Orlando, Florida for Boot Camp. I was sequestered and quartered with at least 65 other young men looking to represent Truth, Justice and the American Way while clad in bell bottoms and a Dixie cup hat we were told could be used as a flotation device should our ship be lost at sea. That was sobering.
I spent the obligatory timeframe in barracks with the rest of the guys in a collegial and instructive period of time standing guard over lines of laundry hung to dry in the humidity lest our skivvies be stolen by the godless hordes of Vietcong we were sure we’d all get the chance to fight in the near future. Upon Boot Camp graduation I learned a government employee could be directed to live, survive, work and endure without great luxury. Conditions were survivable and designed to allow me the chance to eat, to work, to rest and to sleep daily before being allowed to do the same thing all over again the next day. (Just like real life!)

That’s not a complaint. It’s an observation. It’s no more and no less than we’ve asked our patriotic young people to do since before Valley Forge. It develops character and exhibits the character, integrity and esprit necessary to bond people for the betterment of their country. Barracks and bivouacs bring people of the same calling together. It places them in close proximity to each other. I don’t know how many dreams and ambitions and thoughts have been explored over whispered conversations and back door life counseling sessions that started young people thinking about the future and what they’d do when they cashiered out. Some didn’t make it and reside in places like Arlington, and other national cemeteries across the nation. Others have gone on to inhabit the chairs of CEOs, Corporate leadership and are drivers and propellants of social change.

These veterans are the life blood of this nation and they deserve respect and understanding. But, I’m not about to discuss any slights and insults suffered by these men and women at the hands of bureaucrats too stupid to appreciate they’re in the jobs they hold because somebody stood, drew a line and allowed no enemy to cross it at the expense of their health, their minds and their lives.

No. I want to talk about this controversy concerning all of these highfalutin butt wipes elected to political positions thinking because they’ve got a few bucks and a lot of chutzpah they can claim no more than a post office box as an address while really living in Washington D.C. to avoid contact with us; the unwashed masses elected them.

In a copyrighted story in the Washington Post (8-28-2014), Philip Rucker wrote: “In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill.

Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records.”

Rucker continued “…For Landrieu, there are hazardous parallels to other recent cases in which residency questions have dogged incumbents. Former Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) lost reelection in 2012 after reports that he stayed in hotels when he returned to Indiana, while Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is drawing flack this year for not having a home of his own in Kansas and listing a donor’s house as his voting address.”
In light of this controversy I suggest we build a compound capable of holding ALL 100 Senators and All of the 435 members of the House of Representatives. A separate compound could be developed for the Supreme Court Justices. The President is already assigned the White House as domicile but I propose the helicopter pad be removed and the accesses and egresses from the grounds be limited to one each and the fence around the White House be sealed five days per week so the President actually stays at work rather than junketing and vacationing at the expense of millions of taxpayer dollars. That’s what Camp David is for.

This housing should be of sufficient comfort as is necessary to assure the politicians don’t suffer the indignity of living in a slave’s quarters, but the expanse of one would be no greater than the expanse of its equals. I’d suggest the description of a moderately comfortable condominium would describe it best.

If the incumbent were to find they didn’t want to live in “Government Housing”; they could buy lodgings more in alignment with their perception of their social standing. But immediately upon closing the purchase they no longer “live” in the state they claim representation to. They immediately are limited to the duration of the present incumbency and MAY NOT run for re-election in their home district.

How’s that sound folks? Is it meant the representatives deciding Americans’ futures should place themselves above those people; or should they be held in the same esteem as our soldiers and sailors; those ready to risk life and limb for us in times of national distress? After all, isn’t it the politicians come before us and claims he wants to serve us and guide us and do what’s necessary to benefit us with their representation?

Yeah Right!
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Psycho S.O.Bs

Psycho S.O.Bs
by
Sarge

Beaurat Obama has NO spine for facing the threats the world is suffering because of and in the presence of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) the fundamentalist Islamist whacko unit. These are some Psycho S.O.Bs.

Obama has, from the start of his administration, continually REFUSED to admit Fundamentalist Islam has moved past the idea of merely inhabiting Jerusalem as they did in the in the early seventh century. They have accepted the Mohammedan commandment the faithful MUST convert the infidels. Infidels are defined as anybody not them. All others must be subjugated (as in enslaved) and/or taxed, but no matter what, they must be controlled until they see the light or get the chance to walk into that light at the hands of a blade wielding assassin.

These people, like all fundamentalist whack-job religious sects claiming legitimacy based on either their personally defined book of scripture, exclude interaction with other people lest they become the recipients of extended knowledge. They fear the chance they may be proselytized as they would proselytize others. Therefore the history (religion) follows an oral recitation with selected readers and interpreters writing down what they think the oral history says and means rather than having been recorded by an illiterate goat-herd named Mohammed. His wisdom is proclaimed by his followers but many of us just don’t see it as wisdom.

Obama obviously is either too stupid to recognize (or as many of us feel-duplicitous) or is engaged with the socio/religio/political movement Islam to deal with it as assertively as they engage western secular states. This isn’t a matter of negotiation with these people. There is NO compromise unless we do it. They give NO ground and enforce the understanding of their rabid sincerity to their cause with journalist’s slit throats and crucified Christians’ remains rotting in the open.

They are no less than barbarians.

Fundamentalist Islam is NOT a religion of peace. It is a barbaric ideology expanded upon by bigots and racists spouting the words of a man suspected for his self-indulgences and the perceived criminality of his acts. Where justice is based on the humanity one brother may show another while in ideological opposition, Fundamentalist Islam declares the one is permitted to kill the other if it’s felt it’s in Allah’s service. To them that’s justice. To them; Only THEY know what God wants.

Religion isn’t something I adhere to. Many congregations have a sense of “group-think” allowing them to distance themselves from others because of the purity of their cause. Instead of being in awe of the Almighty and maintaining subservience to the Higher Power, religion allows for self-serving interpretation and extrapolations derived by personal analysis and reflection. If there’s too rigid an adherence to the words quoted they may be accepted as being harsher than people can understand. As an example it says in Leviticus 24:20 “a fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. The one who has inflicted the injury must suffer the same injury”. In Islam, the worst crime is to not proclaim Allah and his messenger Mohammed as the liege and lord both on earth and in paradise. That makes for a lot of toothless blind people made dead in the name of Allah.

Obama won’t see this because of his instruction in Islam. His political discourse is a parallel study developed from Marxism as filtered through Socialism and Communism. Socialism and Communism follow proven tactics taught in Fundamentalist Islam: duplicity, lying, misrepresentations of intent and drive as well as masking true goals and challenging the opponent with acts of derision, divisiveness and ridicule. Obama is a master of Fundamentalist Islamic/Alinskyist tactical engagement.

He believes his ends justify his means. His ends apparently are to change America into the western Mecca where Islam reigns under Sharia law and the fiery rhetoric of the Koran burns the bible. For this he expects to be known in history as the man who brought prosperity to America, the New Mecca through the edicts of Islam and the joys of Socialism. His inaction is crippling America.

Narcissists are like that.
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Follow the money?

Follow the money
By
Sarge

It appears it’s a good year to be a lawyer in Washington. John Boehner says he’ll bring suit against Beaurat Obama (we’ll see if Boehner has the cojones to actually file the suit) and now presidential wannabe Bobby Jindal will apparently sue Obama and the feds because Common Core has a dead, rotting little worm resident at the heart of the program.

For me it would’ve been an exercise in Due Diligence if Jindal checked into this disaster in the making before voting for the politically based and therefore politically debased usage of our children to conquer the hearts of people too weak of mind than to look past their wallets. Anything and everything concerning this program is based on “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s” belief it can reduce education to the level of extended and extrapolated survey data housed in the theoretical pronouncements of academicians having no proof of their assertions. They want us to accept they alone know what’s best for our kids. In spite of Melissa Harris-Perry’s and Hilary Clinton’s past assertion our children belong to the state, we know better. Remember? It takes a village (the state)?

Members of the Louisiana State Education hierarchy are members of the elitist double-speak community. They’re fighting desperately to protect their position of dominion over what and how YOUR kid learns. Everything they say answers a question with a question. You never get a straight answer to the first question. You get NO definitive answers to justify their position this is a good program. And they’re outright insulting as they do it.
It’s insulting because these butt nuggets are being paid with tax dollars to roll over us as though we don’t matter. We hold suspect anybody maintains a rigid path of performance accepting no input from people to be affected by their actions. Engineers learned from technicians and builders when the engineers created walkways going nowhere, structurally insecure bridges and walkways and roads leading nowhere. One of my favorites was an architect who’d created a room in the middle of a house with no doors to enter it. A carpenter set him straight. And these academicians ONLY have their word to support their theories. Statistical extrapolations don’t count because the individual nature of the “test rat” (our kids) will disprove the “one size fits all” strategy this boondoggle makes.

In NOLA/Times-Picayune today: “U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has criticized the governor’s opposition to Common Core as politically driven. In a June interview with “CBS This Morning,” the secretary said of Jindal’s switched position: “It’s about politics, it’s not about education.” And we’re supposed to believe a political hack like Arne Duncan, with his lips super-glued to Obama’s butt and the Democrat Party’s ideology of “government first”, isn’t political?

Obama jumped on the “standards” urging states to adopt them as part of the application process for the Race to the Top grant program. Two state testing confederations — the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium — received $330 million from the grant program to develop standardized testing material tied to Common Core. (NOLA- 8-27-2014)

This is about money and the power it can buy in politics. This is about determining if (as has been theorized) people can be persuaded to turn over their kids’ education to people seeking to co-opt parental control of education and “standardize” and (in a manner more akin to indoctrination and specific programming of young minds to place the state above the individual) to proselytize American ideals of life, liberty and freedoms from state control in favor of Marxist/Socialist orthodoxy allowing for NO controversy to state developed doctrine.

If we’re to follow extrapolated data and reach a conclusion based on past and present performance of politicians and power-brokers, then the following (as the lawsuit says) would be true: “Louisiana now finds itself trapped in a federal scheme to nationalize curriculum,” the lawsuit says. “What started as good state intentions has materialized into the federalization of education policy through federal economic incentives and duress.”

And that’s what we’ve been trying to tell people all along. Follow the money!
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A liar’s a liar

A liar’s a liar
By
Sarge

A correspondent offered this observation after having read Bobby Jindal’s statement calling Barack Obama’s handling of the beheading of journalist James Foley: “Calling President Obama a “liar” in any form is unacceptable”.

To the writer I’d say: it’s not only acceptable but imperative the man be called out regularly and specifically for the lies he’s told the American people since he started campaigning for the job. John R. Smith in a BizPac published posting on 12/18/13 listed the following 20 lies told by Obama whether the correspondent wants to admit it or not. There are many of us believe truth in advertising is imperative when a person strives to become (arguably) the most powerful man on the planet and in control of the fate of billions of people by how he conducts government for good or ill; well or poorly.

Obama has a way of saying what he perceives people want to hear, then after he’s gotten his way shifts policy and procedure to do what he wants by executive fiat. He says he’s was a professor of Constitutional Law when he was an adjunct lecturer, a pinch-hitter only employed and lecturing when another senior professor was unavailable. He’s said so much people in the lame stream media refuse to report but has been captured on videotape it makes you wonder why nobody uses the word outright: LIAR. Oh yeah. I remember; “Calling President Obama a “liar” in any form is unacceptable”.
I find it especially acceptable to call a liar a liar.

There are many ways to “get it wrong” or “misspeak” as Hilary Clinton once said. You can have bad information or intelligence. You can have incorrect information given you by subordinates because of incompetence. You can have bad information given you by subordinates seeking to curry your favor. You can have poorly misinterpreted information arriving at inaccurate conclusions. You can get poor research favoring subordinates viewpoints. You can speak poorly and use words confusing the issue and destroying any effort at transparency. You could suffer miscommunications based on technical jargon and double-speak. And last you can issue deliberate misrepresentations; but a lie, is a lie, is a lie and this square peg in the Oval Office is an outright liar.

Let’s look at Smith’s year old compilation.
– “We will close the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay.” Still open.
– “If we have not gotten our troops out [of Iraq] by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do.” Didn’t happen it took a couple of years.
– “Today I’m pledging to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office.” Instead, the national debt increased $5 trillion on his watch.
– “As soon as we’re out of this recession, we’ve got to get serious about starting to live within our means.” Huh? What about ObamaCare?
– “We agree on reforms that will reduce the costs of health care. Families will save on their premiums.”
– “We’ve got shovel-ready projects all across the country.” Later, Obama admitted his own lie, saying, “There’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects.”
– “We reject the use of national security … to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.” Really? What about NSA Data Mining?
– We “will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid.” Unless your representatives went to college with Michelle.
– We “will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year.”
– “We are going to work with you to lower your [health care] premiums by $2,500,” and we’ll “do it by the end of my first term as president.” NOPE!
– “I don’t take a dime of their [lobbyists’] money, and when I am president, they won’t find a job in my White House.” In fact, Obama granted waivers at will, and more than a dozen lobbyists got jobs in the Obama administration.
– “I pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” But Obama has ignored the constitutional amendment granting powers not enumerated in the Constitution to the states and usurped powers not his to change legislation started in the House of Representatives under Executive Orders
– “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” The man just doesn’t understand American business.
– “The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.” The truth is that the White House proposed an “automatic sequester” on July 12, 2011.
– “I didn’t set a red line [in Syria].” And yet, at a prior news conference, using unscripted language in a statement, he said, “a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around.”
– “It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future.” After Obama’s administration gave the company $535 million. Solyndra and its solar panels went belly up.
– To Israel, “We have not only made sure that they [Iran] have to stop adding additional centrifuges, we’ve also said that they’ve got to roll back their 20 percent advanced enrichment … down to zero.” In fact, the deal allows Iran uranium enrichment of 5 percent.
– “Eighty percent of Americans support including higher taxes as part of the [debt ceiling] deal.” However, that same week, a poll by Rasmussen showed only 34 percent supported a tax hike as part of the deal.
– In 2006: “America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.” But as president, Obama has led the charge each year to increase America’s debt.
– And, let’s not forget PolitiFact’s 2013 Lie Of The Year: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what. … You can keep your family doctor.”OMG!

Again this is a list compiled by a respected writer (John R. Smith in BizPac) using no more than Obama’s recorded words.

So to the dear correspondent and commenter, I suggest you recognize we have a First Amendment right to call a liar a liar and the American responsibility to do so when that liar’s actions endanger the honor, prestige and safety of the American people.
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Too much to lose

Too much to lose
By
Sarge

Lately it’s been observed some of the allegedly conservative; locally heavy-weight wannabe, political shakers and movers are sniping at each other. They’re also nibbling at the conservative based organizations trying to move civic awareness toward a more financially responsible board of directors in Washington.

Because they think of themselves as shakers and movers they forget vituperative, personal attacks have the same effect on a political scene as earthquakes in a metropolitan area. It shakes things up and make things interesting (to say the least) but at the same time it dislodges the structure of buildings from their foundations and draw attention to the facts few people in the building want to admit: the building is in danger of falling because its integrity has been obviously abused and the foundation may be cracking and deforming because of the dynamics of the one temblor.

One man started the assault by highlighting an organization’s faux-pas. He suggested the entire basis of the organization was injured by this self-inflicted wound to the butt of its existence because a spokesman for the group did something ill-advised and since corrected. The mea culpa of the group was humbly issued and the organization moves onward in its efforts to highlight those thinking along the same lines with them.

The other man was attacked in an unflattering manner and has chosen to take it personally. In his efforts to gain parity and cuff the cub this particular bear is prepared to respond with claws extended and attack the alleged history and peccadilloes of the cub in a personal manner.
It’s about to get ugly. In that ugliness there’s no gain for the people associated with these two. Some will see the cub as having merely noted what is true as he sees it. The bear is pulling out court records and is set on publicizing them to the personal embarrassment of the cub. No good can come from this.

As we’ve been moving metaphors and postulating about different things we’ll try one more and suggest the bigger man started bullying the little guy and the little guy has a roll of quarters in his fist and doesn’t like being threatened or insulted and will fight back as he sees necessary. While it could be interesting to watch, it distracts us from examining local issues. It’s always more fun to watch a school yard fight than to develop strategies making things better for ourselves and others in the political sense. Blood lust holds a terrible fascination for us.
But, it doesn’t solve problems or move the cause forward.

Years ago two people formerly associated with a Tea Party group displayed their anger and hatred for each other in the auditorium we know as “social media”. They hurled insult after affront after slur after abuse at each other while all in the public knew what organization they’d belonged to and how they were once “shakers and movers” in that organization. But, the two combatants made fools of themselves for their childishness and damaged to integrity of the cause with such behavior.

That’s what’s happening now. The Conservative Cause may be damaged (whether slight or great) because of the personal angers and slights of two men I always respected for what I perceived as being sincere in their efforts to not only be entrepreneurs but more importantly to do their best to further a cause of action necessary to redirect the course of this nation’s trajectory.

We should be uniting; not dividing. We should be accentuating our strengths; not displaying our weaknesses. We should be coming together with a common idea and set of ideals to make this nation what it once was: the greatest nation on the planet.

Get your heads out of your collective butts and get them back in the game. There are too many issues of importance beyond the petty squabbles of two displeased and unhappy men looking to air each other’s personality and character flaws in public.

There’s too much to lose because we’re watching this petty melodrama when we should be working together to heal our nation.
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Due Diligence & Unexpected Consequences

Due Diligence & Unexpected Consequences
By
Sarge

Each day I awaken to the sure and present understanding of a basic law of life. For every well intentioned effort to accomplish any goal there will be Unexpected Consequences.

Years ago, when I was cop, I was involved in a melee in a neighborhood contested for control by two families. The fight started when one young man punched an older one and twenty+ people started pummeling the doo-doo out of each other. Children were endangered and women were involved in trying to pull their male family members out of the combat and thus endangering themselves.

My compatriots and I waded into the action. During the fight I was punched very well in the face, dislodging my spectacles and knocking them under a car along with my butt prostrate on the tarmac. I was effectively blinded (or at least I couldn’t see well enough at distance to identify my prime movers of the fight). I scrambled to grab my spectacles and returned to the fray where the Law ultimately won the day. Hoorah! (Yeah, right.)
I decided I would get Radial Keratotomy or “RK” (small cuts in the corneal surface of the eye) to give me better vision without glasses. Great idea right? “Not so fast Lone Ranger” said Tonto.

I had the surgery. It worked for several years. I technically have 20/20 vision. But my right eye must be irrigated with eye drops regularly. Light is diffused through the old incisions and my vision can appear very blurred when I’m tired or in dusty, darkening surroundings. I can drive at night but on-coming headlights have brighter “starlight” flaring and I must look to the side of the road for the “fog line” to maintain my lane on the road.

Anytime you cut into the human body, you leave a scar of some depth making the area thicker and different in its ability to function. “RK” creates scar tissue of sufficient thickness to alter the amount of light allowed into the chamber of the eye and light the retina so you may appreciate the wonder of sight.

I chose to NOT explore the possible consequences of “RK” and jumped at the chance to simply see better and allow the female population of the planet a greater chance to recognize my masculine profile and fall at my feet in adulation. (It’s been over twenty-five years and I’m still waiting for that fantasy to come true. LOL)

But I digress.

I saw well and eventually made it to this point where my vision has gone a little wonkie and I have to monitor the debilitating effects of the scar tissue on my vision. Glasses and contacts don’t help. The next surgery would be a Corneal transplant and I’m not risking transplant rejection and the possibility of going completely blind.

‘Nuff’ said.

Because of this dust-up concerning Common Core and the burgeoning battle between two political dynamos, Jindal and Vitter, we’re suffering the results of one man’s failure to perform his Due Diligence; while the other isn’t recognizing the Law of Unexpected Circumstances his opponent is suffering at this moment.

Some people think I don’t like David Vitter. I do. I don’t like his shift in position on this issue. It shows inconsistency and I distrust inconsistency.

But Bobby Jindal has been consistent. He’s been consistent in ignoring the people of Louisiana and junketing all over the nation to pander to the Republican hierarchy to position himself for at least a nomination to the Vice Presidency, if not the Presidency by raising funds for the cause. He evidently is NOT aware he’s the employee of the Louisiana people and not the Republican National Committee.
Because of his pandering to the Republican Party and his nearly continual appearances before the constituency he most desperately wants as his allies (the Republican Party) Jindal failed to do his Due Diligence and accepted Common Core initially because it was politically expedient. He didn’t want to appear indecisive and in the minority of the governors slavishly accepting this operation because it was tethered to Department of Education Grants tabulated into the billions of dollars.

Now, the Law of Unexpected Consequences is being realized because he FAILED to do his Due Diligence. He failed to say: “Wait a minute. Let me look more deeply into this and find out what it’s about.” He just did what politicians do; he grabbed a chance to look like he was doing something good. Now he’s finding out once you’re entangled in the clutches of the big-government leviathan, you’ll not get away from it.
Vitter’s gone to the opposite of his earlier stance and statements. He’s activated the Law of Unexpected Circumstances with his politically motivated move to do things his way.
I wish him luck because when this basic law of political physics kicks in for him it’ll follow another basic law: Murphy’s Law. It states: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong; and at the worst possible time with the worst possible consequences.”

Don’t believe it? Look at how well life is going for Jindal (and other hapless political nitwits like Eric Cantor) right know.

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Pimping and pandering

Pimping and pandering
By
Sarge

One of my greatest challenges was to help my son understand the difference between “intelligence” and “smarts”. “Intelligence” is the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations. “Smarts” is the skilled use of reason and the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one’s environment or to think abstractly as measured by objective criteria. “Smarts” indicate the ability to use “intelligence” for the betterment of the situation and those involved in it.

My son Jim seems to have developed “smarts” along with a higher level of “intelligence inherited from his mother.

Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri has “intelligence”. He apparently never learned much about “smarts”. In a recorded interview he said there should be a “vigorous prosecution” of the officer involved. “Vigorous prosecution”? The definition of a “prosecution is: the institution and conducting of legal proceedings against someone in respect of a criminal charge. That suggests the idea of wanting justice in the manner of the old joke: “Let’s give him a fair trial and THEN hang him!”

The obvious conclusion somebody could jump to is that Governor Nixon, a Democrat, is pandering s Democrats do, to the desires and drives of the black community. The less obvious one is that he’s currying favor with attorney general Eric Holder and the Democrat hierarchy in both his state and Washington. But, more obvious than that possibility is the idea Nixon is merely stupid.

That’s the opinion I hold. He’s a stupid person willing to sell out one segment of the Missouri constituency to appear more favorable to another. That indicates a complete lack of “smarts”. Nixon is proving he’s NO conciliator. He’s acting and speaking to gin up divisiveness and create the appearance of being a “man of the people” as long as those people are of color and hold a voting majority in the locale.

Self-serving? I think so. But have you ever met a politician didn’t have an agenda. The big one is to always look to the next level of possibility in a career trajectory. For a governor, that means the Congress or the Senate, two lofty goals producing an annual income in excess of 150 Grand and the chance to retire on TWO career pension funds of over 100 thousand dollars per year.

The job of any intercessor is to insert themselves between the two belligerent parties. It’s much like a police officer in a bar-fight or a domestic disturbance. The prime directive is to be impartial and non-discriminating as you try to sort out the details. The primary effort is to cool down the moment and separate the combatants so they can fight no more. Does Nixon’s mouthing off sound like he’s trying to calm the situation and that he’s non-discriminating and impartial? Or, does it sound like he’s got an axe to grind and is assuring he looks like the “man of the hour”?

Nixon went on to say “We have a responsibility, Nixon said, “to come together and do everything we can to achieve for [Brown’s family].” Nixon added that McCulloch (the DA) and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had an obligation “to achieve justice for Brown’s family.” Nixon further said McCulloch and Holder had an obligation “to achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown must be carried out thoroughly, promptly and correctly”. Fox News (8-20-2014)

Sounds to me like a call for a lynching. That would be because that’s what it is. The protestors in Ferguson want vengeance, not justice. Their bill of grievances against the police in Ferguson may or may not be righteous. I don’t know. I don’t live there. I’m not black. I’m Native American; and it’s from the stance of having been a cop for thirty years I know some of what happens is open for interpretation AFTER THE FACT!
The Lieutenant Governor (Republican and Nixon is a Democrat) is in obvious disagreement with Nixon. Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder said before Fox News recorders: It’s really heart breaking to see man elected to an office that high in our state government…come out with a statement like that, that does “PRE-JUDGE” the case”. (emphasis is mine)

SGT. Kevin Ahibrand, President of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police, told Megyn Kelly: “We welcome a vigorous Investigation. Unfortunately, justice needs to go both ways. Darren’s been vilified in the press and by politicians with minimal facts being made public.” Fox News (8-21-2014)
And that is where this mess devolves to. Investigations take time. Character assassination and vilification occur immediately. Justice is blind and carries a set of scales needing to balance with the facts of a case and the truth of the findings. Lynching’s are immediate and only satisfy those seeking revenge and satiety of their own base need for vengeance.

Race pimps like Holder and Nixon pander to those elements.
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Trial by media

Trial by Media
By
Sarge

I watched CNN for as long as I could tolerate it. A totally biased and skewed assemblage of liberal whites and disaffected blacks tossed words about in a Washington D.C. or New York studio concerning the events in Ferguson, Missouri. It was no more than I expected and far less than anybody deserves considering the lack of facts possessed by outsiders hundreds of miles away from the incident.

The “moderator” plumbed the emotional depths of the panel. He stroked and massaged the commentary and elements of fear based on stories he’d been told by his parents and grandparents. He pulled people’s fears from the recesses of memory and dragged the daily concerns of parents expressing their fears and night terrors because of police abuses of “young black men”. They threw the word MURDER around as a certainty when nobody has yet completed or published FINAL findings of these issues. All this is meant to inflame already raw emotions. The media thrives on conflict, that which they respond to and that which they produce, endorse and sell for their profit. They hold NO shame for pouring salt in wounds already sore and abused by events unfolding.

Daily I watch the coverage of the riots where people are filtered through politically biased news organizations editing their coverage. They use that editing to assure their audience is collaterally titillated with the violence and enraged with the manufactured perception of injustice and police overreaction endured on the scene.

The press and media manufactured the “issue” of the “MILITARIZATION OF THE MILITARY”. It demonizes the police and scares the public and the audience of well selected, curried and polished participants showing no nervousness or anxiety when appearing before TV cameras. The media has driven this event to the heights it now presents. They create fear because of what they see; no matter the fact the equipment isn’t used.
The entire program of events heightens the anxiety of the public, sensationalizes the reportage of the events transpired and transpiring and mobilizes as much angst as can be directed toward the viewing public. It’s always been the course of journalism that “what bleeds-leads”. That means the more sensational the coverage, the greater the horror, the more debilitating the circumstances, the bloodier the pools seem in the depths of night lit with LEDs; the better.

It’s better because the media gains viewers. Advertisers gain target audiences. The public’s prurient interest in violence and lawlessness allows the audience to open their shroud of superiority and cast the judgment sought by the media. Those people suffering the long distance horror can deepen their fear and distrust of authority and give them solace they were right in their suspicions everybody IS “out to get them”.
Race-baiters and agitators present themselves, their agendas and their personal angles for inspection and presentation by the media. New Black Panthers (NPB) congregate in one sideshow kiosk issuing their vitriol and venom at the top of their lungs while clad completely in black and jauntily sporting black berets. On either side of these dysfunctional racist Harlequins stand two other rejects vomited from this clown car: Jesse “The Clown Poet” Jackson and Al “The Organizer” Sharpton haranguing the masses and sponging up money to support their lavish lifestyles. Sharpton and Jackson march in the daylight then skulk away to the shadows and church halls inhabited by the moneyed grandparents and parents wanting change. The crowds they inflamed enter onto the streets to combat officers with Molotov Cocktails, gunfire and “in-your-face” confrontations designed to produce specific responses from the police.

Throwing rocks and assaulting police officers threatens the safety of the individual officers and the general public. The melee to follow may injure innocents on both side of the line. And, no sense of understanding grows in ground fertilized with hate.
This riot in Ferguson Missouri highlights alleged inequities people live under and their anger at the death of one young man. But, nobody seems to have any idea of how to pursue truth and justice. They only know how to strike out like serpents on fire.

They poison themselves while spastically biting their own butts in their suffering.
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I cry for my people

I cry for my people
By
Sarge

Watching the debacle in Ferguson, Missouri is like watching a post-surgical patient tear his stitches loose and start pulling at his entrails. It’s personally destructive, monumentally illogical and terrifyingly incomprehensible as to why the patient does this. It appears the protestor/rioters are destroying property in their own community with the help of insurgent provocateurs from other areas.

It’s stupid.

Yes. Michael Brown’s death was tragic. Was it wrong? It’s wrong to kill ANYBODY according to the Ten Commandments but it’s also wrong to commit suicide by allowing the assailant to attack, pummel, beat and destroy you as a person physically. Was the officer right? I don’t know. I wasn’t there. But the press and the media continually pouring naphtha on an open flame and salt into the gaping communal wound a lethal force situation presents.

For the longest period of time people have spoken out loud concerning the country’s progress toward race riots. The New Black Panthers (NBP) are being met by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in the shadows of night. The fuze is moving slowly toward the point where one or the other will ignite the charged atmosphere and America will weep again for its children dying in the streets.

There’s been criticism of the police because of their militarized appearance. They were commanded to stand and obstruct the progress of the rioters without being allowed to do their jobs effectively because the politicians want to politicize the solution rather than address the problem.
Soothing words do not stop violence. What stops the violence is the ability to exceed the level of force used against you by one articulable and understandable demonstration of superior defensive tactics. Instead of Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) it might be advisable to send Water Cannons into the fray. Protestors (as has been shown countless times around the world) do NOT like getting wet, knocked off of their feet and made uncomfortable. Ask yourself this: when was the last time you saw a successful riot conducted in a rain storm?

Community Action Teams composed of church, social and business groups need to stop meeting in the relative safety of the churches while preaching to the choir and step out, address their children and neighbors and make them see the futility of armed aggression and violence destroying THEIR community. The violence doesn’t stop until the violent actors stop being violent.

Anybody arrested or detained and found to be NOT from the community need to be arrested and charged with public endangerment, incitement of a riot and any other charges provable from evidence gathered and presented in court. Then, after the “Perp Walk” shaming them for their notoriety and recognition as agent provocateurs, they need to be prosecuted by a jury of their peers and put away in maximum security prisons after conviction.
Nobody accepts accountability in their actions until they understand the consequences of their actions. If it doesn’t hurt, if it isn’t somehow personally painful, if there is no understanding what you sow you will reap: nothing gets better.

There are obvious breakdowns in this matter. There are few black police officers in Ferguson. Maybe that’s because black people are too smart to work for the low pay and generalized disrespect police officers are subjected to. Would you stand in the street, be held accountable for your actions and await the rocks to be thrown at you and the Molotov Cocktails being constructed to burn you to a crisp and the gunshot may take your life?
But by the same token why should the rioters stop if they’re allowed daily to commit the crimes they do without suffering personal consequences.
It’s ironic everybody’s been decrying the “militarization of the police”. The police showed up with riot gear, carbines and tear gas and were excoriated, denounced and condemned for looking “too military”. But this is where the stupidity comes in. The media has been fanning this with what looks mean and unnecessary, but never mention the police didn’t use the rifles, they didn’t use the firepower at their command. They stood there looking disciplined but impotent and accomplished nothing.

You can’t hug a thug and expect him to not remain a thug.

Now, when the problem is approaching critical mass, the governor sent in the National Guard. Guess what! They showed up with Riot Gear and Camos. They came in with M-4 military carbines. They launched tear gas and wore body armor outside their BDUs (uniforms) and started to take control. It’s a shame it had to come to this.

Now Obama is sending his race baiting, do-nothing Attorney General to assess the problem. He couldn’t and wouldn’t do anything when a Caucasian Border Patrol Agent was murdered with guns supplied by the previous administration as well as with Obama’s permission. But, he’s going to inject his flaccid performance factor into the cyclopean presence of the media’s cameras and try like all get-out to appear dynamically involved. I expect nothing more than for Holder to dry hump the situation until the foreplay leads to another set of people getting screwed by this administration.

I cry for my people: Americans.
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